I just finished reading a book called, “Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus” by Sherry Weddell (you can find the book on Amazon by clicking on the blue link). A friend of mine sent me this book a little while ago – shoutout to Jason – and I absolutely love it. It is written especially for Catholics involved in catechesis (basically education of faith), but this book is great for anyone who is taking their role in Christ’s mission for the Church seriously. I highly recommend it.
The book begins with what has become one of my favorite sayings: “God has no grandchildren”. It discusses the idea that an individual’s true faith in God cannot be inherited, picked up by osmosis, or taught – that it is a gift of God that occurs when when a person actually comes into personal contact with the Living God. While we can teach others what we believe, we cannot teach them to believe it for themselves. The book goes on to talk about the role of the Evangelist, which is simply to create an environment where a person can bump into the Person of God. Ms. Weddell gives very practical steps to doing just that. Finally, she reminds us that true faith is fruitful and always growing. The book concludes with practical ways of maintaining fruitful discipleship.
If you’re looking for a book to read or want to be more effective in your ministry, or even want to honestly assess your own discipleship, buy this book! Blessings!